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Ron Rash is a New York Times best-selling author, PEN/Faulkner finalist, two-time winner of the O. Henry Prize, and winner of the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. A son of Buncombe and Watauga County natives, Rash was raised in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and his family has lived in the southern Appalachian Mountains since the mid-1700s. Rash is the author of the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award winner “Burning Bright,” a collection that captures Appalachia’s eerie beauty and stark violence through the lives of his unforgettable characters. His 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times best-selling novel, “Serena,” was made into a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Rash has written three other prize-winning novels, “One Foot in Eden,” “Saints at the River,” and “The World Made Straight;” three collections of poems; and three collections of stories, among them “Chemistry and Other Stories,” which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. His most recent work is the critically acclaimed novel “The Cove,” the story of a German prisoner who escapes an internment camp in North Carolina and the woman who saves his life. In 2003, he returned to his family’s homeland in the mountains and joined the faculty of Western Carolina University in 2003, where he currently serves as the Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies.
Reception and book signing to follow. Free and open to the Public. Sponsored by The Richard H. Thornton Endowment in English and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information call 434-544-8820.